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Super Sevens Series 2022 Review: Lions 7s

Updated: Jul 30, 2022








Lions Super Series Review:


An inaugural campaign on the UK’s Elite Sevens circuit, coupled with the influx of a number of national teams into the framework provided the Lions with the tough test they were seeking as they debuted into the world of elite rugby 7s. It feels so long long ago that we begun the campaign at Newbury RFC for Leg 1. An early win vs Stunts saw us kick off our campaign on a winning streak which unfortunately ended with a loss to Scimitar Storm 24-17 in the plate semi-final. London Irish, carrying some injuries, saw the squad battle back to defeat Stunts again and Karuta to lift the Bowl. Stafford proved to be the Leg that defines some of our true Lions values – the underdog. Without a designated 9 or 10 and just 1 player over the age of 21 years old, the young squad were able to beat both China & Nigeria in the groups to qualify for the Cup for the first time ever but eventually losing to Spain. Aldershot, which was probably our strongest side of the series, the squad battled and did it again. Defeating Samurai Barracudas, Nigeria and coming within one score of the British Army, we ultimately were knocked out by China. The series saw us becoming not only the youngest ever side to qualify for the cup but the first side to go back to back in the cup in their first season.

Bring on 2023!


NEWBURY: Plate Semi-Finalists

LONDON IRISH: Bowl Winners

STAFFORD: Cup Quarter-Finalists

ALDERSHOT: Cup Quarter-Finalists




Players who featured:

1. ARUN WATKINS (CAPTAIN) - sponsored by Ready4Rugby

2. TOM DERRICK

3. AUSTIN BECKETT

4. OSCAR WAITE

5. JAMES DYSON

6. JACK SMITH

7. FINN MATTHEWS

8. GEORGE NUGENT

9. BENJAMIN MURPHY

10. JAKE ATWELL

11. TOM FFITCH

12. EOIN O’DONOGHUE

13. ALBIEE TAYEDZERWA

14. ETHAN HARBINSON

15. TIERNAN WHITE

16. LUKE BUDD

17. MAX MCCARTHY

18. PELO KGATLHANYE

19. LUKE POLLOCK

20. BEN ROBBINS

21. AVERY SMILES-TYSON

22. JACK BLACKMORE

23. JAGO FORD

24. HENRY GIBBINS

25. MILES WAKELING

26. BRENDAN CLARKE

27. WILL AYLEN

28. PETE ASHCROFT


Top Scorers:

- Arun Watkins (8)

- Jack Smith (5)

- Pelo Kgatlhanye (5)

- Finn Matthews (5)

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